Mental Health

  • Screen opioid users for depression, study recommends

    on January 13th, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS Depression combined with chronic opioid analgesic use involves more symptoms and comorbidities than depression without chronic opioid use, according to a study of Department of Veterans Affairs patients seen between 2000 and 2012. “Screening and treatment of[...]
  • Lower BDNF levels found in older adults with bipolar I

    on January 13th, 2017
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Older patients with bipolar I disorder appear to have lower serum levels of brain-deprived neurotrophic factor than similarly aged adults without bipolar I, a study showed. At the beginning of the study, Aline T. Soares, MD, and her colleagues recrui[...]
  • ‘Anxiety sensitivity’ tied to psychodermatologic disorders

    on January 12th, 2017
    Adult patients who experience stress in the form of “anxiety sensitivity” are more likely to develop psychodermatological conditions than those that are not psychodermatological, a cross-sectional study of 115 participants shows. “The results suggest that [anxiety sensitivity] interventions co[...]
  • Smoking-cessation interest and success vary by race, ethnicity

    on January 12th, 2017
    Just over 55% of adult cigarette smokers made an attempt to quit in the past year, and 7.4% said that they recently quit, according to investigators from the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. Data from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show that 68% of cigarette smokers were [...]
  • Most cigarette smokers attempt to quit without evidence-based techniques

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM MMWR More than half of cigarette smokers have received advice to quit from a health care professional, but less than a third used medication or counseling in their cessation attempt, according to investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, just over 57% of adult [...]
  • Resources and technologies are making teen drivers safer

    on January 12th, 2017
    AT AAP 16 SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Clinicians and parents should capitalize on a variety of resources and new technologies that help keep teen drivers safe behind the wheel, according to Dr. Joseph O’Neil, a pediatrician at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. “As I[...]
  • Perfect attendance

    on January 11th, 2017
    A few years ago I audited a college course on leadership taught by Angus King (I-ME), former governor and now independent Senator from Maine. He emphasized that an important characteristic of effective leaders is that they show up for work. They are there, present, on the scene. Attempting to lead i[...]
  • BRAIN Initiative could help end mental illness stigma

    on January 6th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT AN NIH ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING BETHESDA, MD (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Top researchers are optimistic that billions in funding for basic neuroscience research made possible by the 21st Century Cures Act will lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of brain function and dysfu[...]
  • Depression further boosts stroke risk in A-fib

    on January 5th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Depression increases the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, Bruno B. Lima, MD, reported at the American Heart Association scientific sessions. This novel finding from what’s believed to be the first prospecti[...]
  • Depressive symptoms plague ‘significant number’ of active airline pilots

    on January 5th, 2017
    FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH The number of active airline pilots managing depressive symptoms might be severely underreported because of pilots’ fear of facing workplace stigma, a cross-sectional study of pilots from across the globe suggests. “This study fills an important gap of knowledge by prov[...]
  • Treatment adherence makes big impact in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

    on January 3rd, 2017
    AT AES 2016 HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures who stick with evidence-based treatment have significantly fewer seizures and have less associated disability than do those who don’t make it to therapy and psychiatry visits, a study showed. Reporting[...]
  • French psychiatrist condemned for society’s deficiency

    on January 3rd, 2017
    On Dec. 14, 2016, a French psychiatrist was sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison sentence. Lekhraj Gujadhur, MD, was the supervisor of unit 101 at the Psychiatric Hospital Center of Saint-Egrève in France. In November 2008, he had approved the nonsupervised release of a schizophrenia patient, [...]
  • MDMA – the love drug – makes a therapeutic comeback

    on December 29th, 2016
    EXPERT ANALYSIS At THE ECNP CONGRESS VIENNA (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – What a difference a decade can make in the world of psychiatry. Take, for example, the case of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, better known as MDMA or, when used recreationally, as ecstasy, the love drug. “Ten years ago at[...]
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